Great Illuminated Bibles of 12th-century England: A Study of Splendor
Lecture by Rodney M. Thomson (University of Tasmania)
Given at the Arizona State University
October 28, 2010
2010 Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Distinguished Lecture in Medieval Studies
Dr. Thomson covers the creation, historic significance and beauty of grand, illuminated (illustrated / decorated) Bibles, from a time when expensive materials and the enormous labor made creating them as a single, physical unit a rarity.
Professor Rodney M. Thomson, Honorary Research Fellow at the School of History and Classics at the University of Tasmania, is an internationally known authority on manuscript libraries in the United Kingdom. His works include the libraries of Bury St. Edmunds and St. Albans abbeys. He has also compiled descriptive catalogues of the manuscripts at the cathedral libraries of Worcester, Hereford, and Lincoln and has published extensively on the works of William of Malmesbury. His latest publications include Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (2011). Thomson is a member of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.